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Meet the CAC's Spring - Summer Teaching Artists for 2005

Misti Freeman - Claymation

Misti Freeman studied art at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, with study abroad at Salzburg College in Austria in 2002. She graduated from Shorter cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2004. As a student, her works were exhibited in several galleries around the world as well as many local and national juried student shows and her work was also published in the Shorter College Chimes in three annual editions. Since graduating, Misti has been working full-time and exhibiting national juried, group and solo shows. To see more of her artworks, visit her web site,

Helen Helwig - Mosaic Stepping Stones, Tables & Ceramics

A professional ceramic artist and art teacher for more than twenty years, Helen Helwig moved to Villa Rica this year from Tempe, Arizona. Using innovative techniques and textures, she has developed new glazes and surface treatments. Her many outstanding public art works usually incorporate mosaic designs, and she often collaborates with other artists, architects, students and community groups to create benches, murals, bus shelters, and even mosaic-adorned columns.

Column and detail of mosaic.

Mariana Depetris - Drawing, Handmade Paper

Internationally and nationally exhibited artist Mariana Depetris was born in Argentina, but now lives in Lithia Springs. Her children's multimedia and printmaking classes at the Roswell Center for the Visual Arts have been very popular. Now she is offering exciting explorations into artmaking for children at the Cultural Arts Center in Douglasville. Her own work has been shown in Spain, Japan, Venezuela and Holland as well as in the U.S., and is included in the permanent collections of Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Flemish Ministry of Culture in Belguim.

photo of Mariana"London Bridge" by Mariana Depetris
Teaching Philosophy

Carol MacDonald - French Impressionist Style Painting for Adults

Carol MacDonald studied with Bill Schultz, studio manager to William H. Brackman, who trained with William Merit Chase, the first American Impressionist. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1995 and has twenty-six years worth of experience as an exhibiting painter.

Pamela Dillard - "Music Together"

Classically trained Pamela Dillard is a native of Atlanta who had an active career as an opera singer before she became a mother. She and her son returned home from the Bay area, where she taught Music Together classes and was the music specialist at the Children's Day School in San Francisco. A registered Music Together teacher, Pamela loves teaching children and loves singing.

Joe Falligan - Cartooning, Sketching for Adults

Joe Falligan was trained as a freelance medical illustrator, but his life is dedicated to working with young people, teaching them to enjoy and learn from their own creativity in the visual arts. His ongoing and extremely popular classes in cartooning and comic book art at the Cultural Arts Center, the Forte Fine Arts Studio and Douglasville Community Outreach programs after school and in the summer have earned Joe a strong and loyal following among talented young artists in our community. In his new adult class, he will provide the same inspiring instruction and patient coaching for adults.

Joe Falligan at the 2002 Community Festival

Jennifer Julian - Photography

After earning her B.A. from Auburn University, Jennifer Julian studied at the Art Institute of Atlanta. In 1999, Fay Gold Gallery represented her work at the prestigious Association of International Photography Art Dealers in New York. More recently, she has had solo shows at Eyedrum Gallery, North Georgia College & State University, Georgia Perimeter College, and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Her photographs are in many national public and private collections, including King & Spalding in Atlanta, Cultural Arts Center in Douglasville, Meriwether County Courthouse, Hartfield-Jackson International Airport, and Georgia Regional Hospital. Jennifer's classes in creative photography allow both beginners and more advanced students to hone their skills. Jennifer Julian lives in Douglasville with her husband and son. Please visit her website,, for more information.

black & white photo of a motorbike seen through a doorwayblack & white photo of a girl on the steps of des Invalides in France

Visit Jennifer's  website to see her photographs and read her complete  resume.

Pam Kelsey - Introduction to Painting, Drawing,
& Cartooning

Pam Kelsey is an expert and experienced arts educator whose dedication and creativity earned her the awards of Douglas County Teacher of the Year and State of Georgia Gifted Teacher of the Year in 1994. She has mentored teachers of gifted students, worked with students in Douglas and Clayton Counties, and taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mercer University.

Mack Porter - Multi-media & Stained Glass

Mack Porter was exposed to stained glass art in Europe, while serving in Germany with the United States Army. After returning to civilian life, he pursued it as a hobby until the early 1970s when he became a partner in a glass and mirror company where he did custom stained glass designs for commercial and private customers. He sold his partnership in Michigan and moved to Hiram, Georgia in 1998 when his wife retired. He stayed active in his art doing several commissions locally. Mack restored the front door of the Cultural Arts Center and exhibited there in May, 2003.

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stained glass by Mack Porter

stained glass by Mack Porter

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